About the Partnership

At the beginning of 2010, on the initiative of Ambassador Fathy El Shazly, member of the MWNF Honorary Committee, the League of Arab States invited Museum With No Frontiers to present the Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum as an integral part of the Arab League’s stand at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai. As a result of this successful start, the Arab League and MWNF decided to further expand their cooperation.

In October 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the League of Arab States Head Office in Cairo, with the purpose of providing the framework for a lasting partnership aiming to promote the Alliance of Civilisations through awareness about the history and culture legacy of the Arab World and better knowledge of Arab societies and countries. The cooperation covers a variety of fields including education, culture and tourism. Bilateral coordination meetings are held regularly to agree on the concrete programme of activities.

Activities and Projects carried out within the Partnership:


Virtual Museum and Virtual Exhibitions Sharing History | Arab World – Europe | 1815 – 1981
The project counts on partners from nine Arab countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (Sharjah). The unit in charge of the project at the Arab League is the Educational Department, which is part of the Social Sector. The Arab League participated in the four partner meetings and hosted one of the meetings at its head office in Cairo. More about Sharing History.

MWNF Educational Guide Discover Islamic Art to promote the use of the Virtual Museum as an educational tool. Experts from six Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia), coordinated by Prof. Aymen Azzam, jointly elaborated a manual for teachers explaining the possibilities of using the Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum for educational purposes. The target groups are students between 13 and 18. The manual is available in a paperback edition through most online bookshops (ISBN: 978-3-902782-97-7). During the elaboration of the material the Arab League hosted two workshops of the experts.

MWNF Participation in LAS events

Participation of MWNF in relevant events organised by the League of Arab States, among others:

4 to 6 December 2010: MWNF attends the first Arab Expats Conference held at the League of Arab States HQ in Cairo.

28 to 30 April 2014: MWNF is invited to present its activities and, in particular, the Discover Islamic Art educational manual within the 3rd meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the Arab and South American Countries.